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Old 08-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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removing shift knob

how do you remove the shift knob on a 9-3?
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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yeah pretty much you have to destroy the old shift knob if you want to replace it with a new one.

well just to get it off you have to destroy it lol
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #4
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shift knob

if you mean just the shift cap, the rubber part with the 5 speed grid on it, then just twist it like a bottle cap to release the glue then pull it straight up. there is a black ring that will come loose which just fills in the bottom of the cap and keeps it tight, if you're replacing it just glue up the black ring put some glue in the top of the cap and pop it on.
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I wrap the knob in a clean rag and use a strap wrench to break the glue free. Then just lift up.
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i just grabbed it and pulled up. hard.

took some force but it popped right off.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #7
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i just grabbed it and pulled up. hard.

took some force but it popped right off.
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I'd be more concerned about breaking the plastic ball mount or reverse/5th gate by brute forcing it.
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i actually pulled off the reverse/5th gate as well. its just a friction fit. put the new knob on and tap the whole assembly back into place.
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a 1" wrench is the perfect size for removing the knob. Lift the reverse gate up, put the wrench under the knob, smack the wrench with a hammer, the knob should pop right off. Another pair of hands can make it alot easier.
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Old 09-04-2009, 04:32 PM   #11
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there is three clips inside the knob. put something in there to relase them and the knob comes right off.




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Old 09-04-2009, 06:22 PM   #12
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I believe he is taking about removing the shift knob from the shaft. Not from the boot/reverse lock out piece.
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I believe he is taking about removing the shift knob from the shaft. Not from the boot/reverse lock out piece.
What was showed in the above post in the photo's is the exact correct process for removing the shift know itself to replace it.

When you use the wrench and hammer method you'll expose those prongs which latch onto the knob from underneath. Depress the clips and remove.
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The knob was supposed to have been epoxied onto the shaft from the factory, so if the epoxy hasn't been broken and isn't brittle enough to just crack, releasing the 3 clips isn't going to make the knob pop loose.
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The knob was supposed to have been epoxied onto the shaft from the factory, so if the epoxy hasn't been broken and isn't brittle enough to just crack, releasing the 3 clips isn't going to make the knob pop loose.
If you need to remove the "shift knob assemble" which combines the knob and leather gaitor, just pull really hard upward and don't smack yourself in the face (ask me how i know.)

Just the knob from the assemble is what I am showing.

Wasn't the question for a shift knob?
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I'm at wits end with this thing. I just installed a short shifter and now I'm trying to transfer the boot and knob from the old shifter. I ran a knife along the underside of the knob and removed the black plastic ring. All I've gotten so far when I pull up on the knob is it clicking past those three tabs and then it stops, which is about a half inch up.

There must be a real way to do this without having to destroy the old one!
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I'm at wits end with this thing. I just installed a short shifter and now I'm trying to transfer the boot and knob from the old shifter. I ran a knife along the underside of the knob and removed the black plastic ring. All I've gotten so far when I pull up on the knob is it clicking past those three tabs and then it stops, which is about a half inch up.

There must be a real way to do this without having to destroy the old one!
Did you view the post above with the images? Those three tabs need pressed down as you lift up on the leather part until the knob comes off. ( I just got the short shifter kit as well and will be doing this very shortly...) I might missunderstand where you are in the process, but i've done it several times without issues.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #18
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I figured it out. I was pulling up by grabbing the knob, but what I was SUPPOSED to be doing was grabbing the black sheath that goes over the shift rod. Earlier I was delicately prying at it with a screwdriver to see if it was held on by tabs as well...but the whole thing slides on and off with a bit of convincing.

And yes, I did read the earlier post and didn't see or feel the tabs. When I pulled up and twisted on the knob it came right off of them, however.
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Help me out... I need to do this too.

So the steps are:

1. Twist the knob to break the epoxy free

2. Do I slip some thin things in to release the three clips next? Do I pull on the leather knob or the whole reverse tube/mechanism?
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I usually just power shift into 4th gear with the motor off.

Just put it in 4th and pull up.
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